Ljubljana Airport wants to attract more low-cost airlines

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Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is actively working to increase the share of low-cost airline flights in order to strengthen its connectivity.

This was explained by Babett Stapel, managing director of the operator Fraport Slovenija, in an interview with "Bloomberg Adria". Currently, the share of low-cost carriers (LCC) at the airport is around 20%, but the goal is to increase this to 30%. At the same time, she stressed that the airport will remain a hub and that connectivity depends on serving important hubs.

Stapel praised the support of the Slovenian government, which has been promoting the introduction of new flight destinations since April 2023. This has enabled destinations such as Luxembourg, Riga, Copenhagen and Madrid to be added to the portfolio. In addition, an incentive system with discounts for airlines has been introduced, which also includes an extension of state aid for another three years.

Ljubljana Airport recorded over one million passengers for the first time in 2023 and is aiming for 1,4 million passengers this year. In the long term, the airport plans to exceed the two million passenger mark. Stapel was cautious about speculation about the establishment of a new Slovenian airline, as existing routes are already well served.

Ljubljana Airport (Photo: Fraport/Peter Irmann).
Ljubljana Airport (Photo: Fraport/Peter Irmann).